Friday morning - sent my poor, long suffering wife, Linda off to Gunnersons with a dual axle trailer to pick up a pack of Weathertex 'Shadow Board' formlock cladding.
In my mind, she was going to bring it home, park it in the top driveway, and I would take it out with me on Saturday morning.
I had completely forgotten the debacle that occurred when I brought a load of 40 slabs down the driveway earlier in the year - it was almost impossible to pull it back up a sloping gravel drive.
Fortunately Linda remembered and rang me to suggest that we take the trailer straight out to Wooroloo.
To save getting tangled up around our local streets I suggested that she pull over at the park at the beginning of our street and I drove down to meet her.
I brought with me a chain and a padlock to secure the trailer overnight but was more inclined to unload the trailer out at Wooroloo that day.
Linda wasn't too keen; fortunately her good sense prevailed and I worked out a place where we could park the trailer overnight, chained to the house frame.
It turned out that my chain was too short and I had to borrow a longer one from Ross next door.
We reduced the event from a potential all day diversion to a brief outing. I was able to get back to my office and earn some money for the rest of the day.
On Saturday morning I was out on site by 7.00 am and spent the first hour removing and stacking spare sheets of corrugated iron I had thrown off the roof two weeks ago.
The undercover area then needed a fair amount of restacking, tidying and sweeping before I was ready to lay out some gluts and unload the trailer.(I had to allow enough room around the sides for my rolling scaffold so I could drill holes for power cables).
I then spent the next one and a half hours carefully sliding planks off the trailer and stacking them in the undercroft.
I had almost finished when I noticed that I was stacking them incorrectly.
Each plank has a nylon spine projecting from the back for alignment. I had stacked these back to back but this meant that the spines on the lower most planks were being quite badly compressed.
I needed to offset each plank against the other so that the spines slid past the edge of the next plank.
I had to pretty much move all the planks back on to the trailer and start again.
Much swearing, and another one and half hours later, I had the planks neatly stacked on the floor and covered in tarpaulins.